November 18, 2011

nfrastructure, Valutek Boost Utica Tech Community

By: Robin Cooper

Source: The Business Review

Valutek, a semiconductor supply company, will move its corporate headquarters from Phoenix, Arizona to Utica, New York, creating 25 new jobs.

And Daniel Pickett III, CEO of nfrastructure, a Saratoga County-based computer network design and data center management business, said that nfrastructure is building a command center in Utica.

The announcements were made by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) with Valutek and nfrastructure officials this morning at the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica.

Pickett said nfrastructure already has three employees in Utica at SUNYIT’s Center of Competency in Information Technologies.

The central New York research center was developed through a partnership with the $12 billion College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.

Valutek, which manufacturers supplies used in cleanrooms, opened an office at CNSE, also known as the Albany nanocollege earlier this year. The 23-year-old business currently is headquartered in Phoenix and has offices in Malaysia.

Pickett said nfrastructure, which employs 180 full-time workers, will hire 10 more in Utica by the end of the first quarter in 2012.

nfrastructure's command center will allow the company to manage data centers and computer networks and end-user computing environments.

Pickett said nfrastructure will work with the SUNYIT faculty to develop a program to train students to be part-time employees who will serve as a pipeline for future full-time workers.

“New York is going to be our public-sector center of expertise,” Pickett said.
His company is investing $5 million in technology, construction and staffing in Utica over the next several years.

Valutek CEO Greg Heiland could not immediately be reached for comment.